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Ron Galella: Paparazzo Extraordinaire
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Ron Galella: Paparazzo Extraordinaire

by Ron Galella (Photographer), Felix Hoffmann (Foreword by), Mathias Prinz (Text by)
 

Ron Galella (born 1931) is the original paparazzi photographer-"the Godfather of the U.S. paparazzi culture," as Time magazine once dubbed him. Before Galella, celebrity photographs were tightly controlled by the Hollywood studio system and PR agencies; after him, shots of stars caught unawares, whether stumbling out of night clubs drunk or just shopping for

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Ron Galella (born 1931) is the original paparazzi photographer-"the Godfather of the U.S. paparazzi culture," as Time magazine once dubbed him. Before Galella, celebrity photographs were tightly controlled by the Hollywood studio system and PR agencies; after him, shots of stars caught unawares, whether stumbling out of night clubs drunk or just shopping for groceries, became part and parcel of how we perceive the rich and famous. "My idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person doing something unfamous," Andy Warhol once said. "It's being in the right place at the wrong time. That's why my favorite photographer is Ron Galella." Some of Gallela's most famous photographs include covertly or spontaneously snatched portraits of Jacqueline Kennedy, Marlon Brando, Greta Garbo, Andy Warhol, Sean Penn, Robert Redford, Muhammad Ali, Madonna, Mick Jagger and Audrey Hepburn; often he has paid a high price for these photographs, having been assaulted (most famously by Marlon Brando) and taken to court (his pursuit of Jackie Kennedy was so obsessive and relentless that she took out a restraining order). Other celebrities, such as Warhol and Elizabeth Taylor, who used his photographs in her biography, have welcomed his attention. This volume presents more than 100 of his controversial photographs from the past half-century.

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Bookforum
A sumptuously produced volume based on a retrospective of his work in Berlin earlier this year. Compllete with critical essays by a German critic and a media lawyer, this bilingual edition is a beautiful object in its own right: 200 gilt-edged pages each the weight and thickness of shirt cardboard; 104 gorgeously printed black-and-white images with a running commentary on Galella's antics over the years. Subjects range from Greta Garbo hiding her face behind a handkerchief to Mick Jagger giving the finger to the camera to Sean Penn punching out Galella's paparazzo nephew.
— Laura Kipnis
WWD
More than 100 shots are featured in the Hatje Cantz-published book that spans the past 50 years. There are also images of Marlon Brando (who famously roughed him up), as well as shots of Greta Garbo, Andy Warhol, Sean Penn, Robert Redford, Muhammad Ali, Madonna, Mick Jagger and Audrey Hepburn.

The star-seeking Warhol was a fan, having once said, "My idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person doing something unfamous. It's being in the right place at the wrong time. That's why my favorite photographer is Ron Galella."
— Editor

Bookforum - Laura Kipnis
A sumptuously produced volume based on a retrospective of his work in Berlin earlier this year. Compllete with critical essays by a German critic and a media lawyer, this bilingual edition is a beautiful object in its own right: 200 gilt-edged pages each the weight and thickness of shirt cardboard; 104 gorgeously printed black-and-white images with a running commentary on Galella's antics over the years. Subjects range from Greta Garbo hiding her face behind a handkerchief to Mick Jagger giving the finger to the camera to Sean Penn punching out Galella's paparazzo nephew.
WWD - Editor
More than 100 shots are featured in the Hatje Cantz-published book that spans the past 50 years. There are also images of Marlon Brando (who famously roughed him up), as well as shots of Greta Garbo, Andy Warhol, Sean Penn, Robert Redford, Muhammad Ali, Madonna, Mick Jagger and Audrey Hepburn.
The star-seeking Warhol was a fan, having once said, “My idea of a good picture is one that’s in focus and of a famous person doing something unfamous. It’s being in the right place at the wrong time. That’s why my favorite photographer is Ron Galella.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783775733243
Publisher:
Hatje Cantz Verlag GmbH & Co KG
Publication date:
04/30/2012
Edition description:
Bilingual
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

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